Those are probably not even real words, but I hope they're at least somewhat understandable to other artists.
If not, what I meant to say (but couldn't due to dA's Journal title limits
) was that I am in need of some artists here on deviantART what are versed in either the art of creating comprehensive reference sheets (like this one
), or in the creation of scientifically plausible but otherwise utterly fantastic extraterrestrial lifeforms (like the ones cooked up by the marvelous Wayne Barlowe (guided by the writings of many a sci-fi author, of course)
I only ask of these things because I've started to get a little disheartened due to a few of my commissions falling through for whatever reasons. I still have a few that are pending, and hopefully I can feature them soon. I'll update my old journal
then, and hopefully get a group going to collect them all. The group, you see, will be for my aforementioned superhero comic project, currently titled Earth Defense Force C.R.A.C.K.P.O.T.
, though the title of the comic series itself might be subject to change.
Though I love and cherish the commissions that I've already gotten and appreciate the artists that I've paid to draw them (I might even wish to commission them again in future), I'm still on the lookout for an artist that could assist me in making my vision come to fruition. As much as I love drawing these heroes on my own, I'm not always so keen on how they should look, as evidence with my first couple
of comics, where the facial structure and clothing detail seem to change from panel to panel, much to my chagrin.
While I realize there are probably many tutorials around these websites that have guides on how to keep likenesses from panel to panel, and even from comic to comic, it seemed almost for nought to seek these things as I wasn't even satisfied with the designs as I had them, nor their names. Truth be told, the design and name of my star superheroine, the lovably ballooned Princess PowerPump, was borrowed from her debut comic by *EmperorNortonII which I commissioned a year previously. I originally thought it apt for her to be a Deviant Universe hero for... deviousness' sake , but seeing the potential of her character development and origins, I strangely want to take her as seriously as possible, from her happiness powers to her entire balloon species, the people of Vesicastral.
That's why I call upon artists that are able and willing to help out with a comic-book -writer-in-training and her dream of making a sci-fi graphic novel of intergalactic magnitude.
My mother has told me how many of my favorite cartoons, movies, and comic books have heavily relied on reference sheets to keep their characters on-model, and if only I knew how to make one. Really, though, I want a reference sheet like the ones from ~Skysealer
and artists like her
, full of not only physical detail notes, but also of character notes and other bits of trivia, because I'm a huge nerd like that, but aren't we all in one way or another? (Don't kill me!)
I'd try to make one myself just like that, but I don't know how, neither do I know if I have the time to sit down and work on it due to personal issues with house and home. I realize that to commission one to make a reference sheet for me would possibly by very expensive, but maybe if I could just discuss my character ideas with somebody, I might be able to make one on my own, but as I said, it might take longer than I like, and not even the kind of time I like spending on working on it, but the kind of time wasted on worrying how to make my characters work, even the weird ones.
It's already bad enough trying to draw up #DeviantUniverse
profiles for these characters, though those are only introductory explanations and thus don't take quite as much plotting, but it's still hard to figure out at least the initial appearance for my character and their basic biography. Having both the visual appearance and character traits on the same sheet for easy reference would be very convenient, if not for me, then for other artists who I wish to draw these characters.
Then there's the issue of not having the mindset of making a believable alien race. Though I know as a comic-book world that the laws of science work rather differently than the laws of our world, it still would be nice to keep some form of scientific validity instead of pulling something out of a magic hat; that would be way too easy, even if "magic" in a sense exists in my superhero world (specifically, as a form of energy or energies practically incomprehensible to humans, hence why it's called magic
Too often I've been told (mostly by my inner critic) that many of my alien ideas are either too impossible (like the idea of variable-buoyancy, nigh-invulnerable balloon-people), or badly thought-out (like a balloon-person/human hybrid
). For once, I want someone of greater intelligence than me to say "Yes, this could work, but only if..." or "That might not work, but this
might.". Constructive critique of my alien species and worlds is what I wish for, as well as discussions on how to form them.
No, I don't wish to make an entire extended universe and a bunch of trading cards; I just want to be able to make at least semi-believable super-aliens and worlds, just for the sake of not being like your usual comic book heroes and saying "It works that way because I said so!". I could probably use some help in being able to let loose and be okay with making things so for the sake of whatever, since I have a problem of sweating the small stuff until I drown in all that sweat.
For those who make reference sheet commissions, hopefully those well under $100 (like $30-$50 if that's realistic, which I doubt it is), inquire within. For those who specialize in making scientifically believable but utterly fantastic creatures, discuss things with me either through comments here or notes. In the meantime, here are a few of the deviations which illustrate some of the characteristics of my superheroes, at least in the artist's descriptions (which can get exceedingly long sometimes).